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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 05:42:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: your response

NNPC Building, Victoria-Island, Lagos.



First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature, as I know this is an unconventional way of introducing a business, but if you can read my letter carefully, you will understand the necessity for my action. I am Mr.MR.Jack Beniibo, the Financial Comptroller, Contract Award division Of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC).

Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to two German(GMBH) Companies by my committee on behalf of NNPC; the total contract value was US$50 million but members of my committee deliberately added extra US$20million to enable us benefit from the project. The companies have been paid fully the total sum of US$50million since they have completed the project, but we still have the over invoiced sum of $20million left in thegovernmentaccount with the Central Bank of Nigeria which we intend to share but not until it is transferred into a foreign account.

To enable us transfer this money into a foreign account, we were able to convince the President that we left us$20million because the above companies have abandoned the project without finishing the maintenance portion of the contract. On the above reason, the President has approved that we find another company to finish the maintenance portion and pay the balance of us$20million to the company.

There is no work to be performed by you or your company,rather we shall issue a coverage letter stating that your company have performed all the internal work to the Kaduna Refinery as maintenance only which does not involve any work outside the building structure itself. If you agree to this proposal, we have agreed that the following funds will be shared thus after it has been paid into your account;
a) 30% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the fund. b) 10% has been set aside for reimbursement for incidental expenses that you may be incurred in the course of the transaction. c) 60% to us (which we wish to commence an important business in conjunction with you).
I would therefore require (a) Name and address of Company/ Beneficiary
(b)Company bank details (c) your personal telephone and fax numbers. This information would be used to make formal applications as a matter of procedure for the release of the money from the Central Bank of Nigeria and onward transfer to your nominated account.

It does not matter whether or not your company or you do contract projects of the nature described here. We want this money to be transferred to a foreign account, which you shall provide bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct forbids us from running foreign account.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter if you are interested and send the above required information through my Email address:for more details on this transaction, I assure you that this is a 100% risk free project. I wait in anticipation of your cooperation.
Yours Faithfully,

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